Manama is the capital and largest city of Bahrain. Long an important trading center in the Persian Gulf, Manama is home to a very diverse population of approximately 160,000 people. The city’s name is derived from the Arabic word المنامة (al-Manãma) meaning “the place of rest” or “the place of dreams”.
Manama is the focal point of the Bahraini economy. Petroleum is still a mainstay, though it has decreased in importance in recent years due to depleting reserves and growth in other industries.